I was fortunate enough to move into a townhouse 17 years ago that was previously owned by a woman who was certifiably mad about gardening. Consequently, nary a month of the year goes by that I'm not treated to a beautiful item in bloom. Right now it's purple rhododendrons and peonies galore, as well as dark and light purple irises and the slender Scandinavian sort. Not to mention the mauve clematis. The fact that these gorgeous creations pop up year after year without the slightest effort on my part is a gift and a grace note from nature beyond reckoning. My contribution to this riot of color is a pink rosebush loaded with buds that will soon fill the house with blooms of heavenly fragrance.
As a rank amateur, I like to peruse illustrated anthologies on gardening so as not to tax myself unduly. Garden Wisdom is one such book, and because the little icon on the Daedalus web page can't do the artwork justice I thought I'd share some of it with you. It's done by Angie Lewin in various media and has a really distinctive, slightly retro feel. I hope you enjoy her art and will share some of your gardening exploits with us!
|"Hidden Fish" illustrates a passage on water gardens.|
This one's for you, Molly Monday .... PHOTO OF THE MONTH by Graham McGeorge, from the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest